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Christmas Wish

Gregory Porter

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It seems almost impossible for artists who reach a certain level of success in the industry to escape the lure of the great American ‘Christmas Album’. Gregory Porter is no exception to this rule, taking on the challenge with considerable flair in Christmas Wish. Accompanied on most of the album’s 12 tracks by a jazz orchestra, including his loyal companions Chip Crawford on piano, Jahmal Nichols on double bass, Onfrej Pivec on the Hammond organ, and Emanuel Harrold on drums. Their work is enhanced by the lush string section of the Kingdom Orchestra, and gospel-inspired background vocals (see the title theme, composed by Porter himself). Porter nestles his golden voice in the mix with great technique, to produce an intimate selection of Christmas songs.


The tracks strike a comfortable balance between tradition and modernity, mixing classics (“Silent Night”, “Little Drummer Boy”), with others drawn from the American catalogue with 1950s jazz pieces (Sinatra’s “Christmas Waltz”, Nat King Cole’s “Cradle in Bethlehem”). Porter even embraces the soul music of the 60s and 70s with Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes”, alongside Stevie Wonder’s “Somebody at Christmas”. Notably, instrumental contributions on the tracks include performances from harmonicist Grégoire Maret, and saxophonist Tivon Pennicott – along with American jazz diva Samara Joy. Joy’s cover of Frank Loesser's theme, "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?", is a standout performance from the album. The resulting collection is executed without pretension, and instead with the generosity, talent and know-how of a decidedly incomparable artist. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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1
Silent Night
00:03:28

Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

2
Christmas Waltz
00:03:21

Troy Miller, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jule Styne, Composer - Sammy Cahn, Author - Chris Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregoire Maret, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

3
Everything’s Not Lost
00:04:08

Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Tivon Pennicott, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sheherazade Holman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Ashley Anthony, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Fisher-Alvarenga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

4
Someday At Christmas
00:02:55

Bryan Wells, ComposerLyricist - Ronald Dean Miller, ComposerLyricist - Troy Miller, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

5
Purple Snowflakes
00:03:45

Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Clarence Paul, ComposerLyricist - Dave Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sheherazade Holman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Ashley Anthony, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Fisher-Alvarenga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

6
Little Drummer Boy
00:02:52

Henry V. Onorati, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - HARRY SIMEONE, ComposerLyricist - KATHERINE DAVIS, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sheherazade Holman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Ashley Anthony, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Fisher-Alvarenga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

7
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
00:03:56

Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - MATT PIERSON, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tivon Pennicott, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samara Joy, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

8
Christmas Wish
00:03:54

Troy Miller, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Tivon Pennicott, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sheherazade Holman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Ashley Anthony, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Fisher-Alvarenga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

9
Cradle in Bethlehem
00:04:13

Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Larry Stock, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALFRED BRYAN, ComposerLyricist - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Tivon Pennicott, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sheherazade Holman, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Ashley Anthony, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Fisher-Alvarenga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

10
Do You Hear What I Hear?
00:03:42

Gloria Shayne, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Regney, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sheherazade Holman, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Ashley Anthony, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Fisher-Alvarenga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

11
Christmas Time is Here
00:03:43

LEE MENDELSON, ComposerLyricist - Troy Miller, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Vince Guaraldi, ComposerLyricist - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregoire Maret, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Sheherazade Holman, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Ashley Anthony, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephanie Fisher-Alvarenga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

12
Heart For Christmas
00:04:20

Daniel Hayden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Allen, Vocal Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ondřej Pivec, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Chip Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Emmanuel Harrold, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jahmal Nichols, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Sacco, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kingdom Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2023 Gregory Porter

Album review

It seems almost impossible for artists who reach a certain level of success in the industry to escape the lure of the great American ‘Christmas Album’. Gregory Porter is no exception to this rule, taking on the challenge with considerable flair in Christmas Wish. Accompanied on most of the album’s 12 tracks by a jazz orchestra, including his loyal companions Chip Crawford on piano, Jahmal Nichols on double bass, Onfrej Pivec on the Hammond organ, and Emanuel Harrold on drums. Their work is enhanced by the lush string section of the Kingdom Orchestra, and gospel-inspired background vocals (see the title theme, composed by Porter himself). Porter nestles his golden voice in the mix with great technique, to produce an intimate selection of Christmas songs.


The tracks strike a comfortable balance between tradition and modernity, mixing classics (“Silent Night”, “Little Drummer Boy”), with others drawn from the American catalogue with 1950s jazz pieces (Sinatra’s “Christmas Waltz”, Nat King Cole’s “Cradle in Bethlehem”). Porter even embraces the soul music of the 60s and 70s with Marvin Gaye’s “Purple Snowflakes”, alongside Stevie Wonder’s “Somebody at Christmas”. Notably, instrumental contributions on the tracks include performances from harmonicist Grégoire Maret, and saxophonist Tivon Pennicott – along with American jazz diva Samara Joy. Joy’s cover of Frank Loesser's theme, "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?", is a standout performance from the album. The resulting collection is executed without pretension, and instead with the generosity, talent and know-how of a decidedly incomparable artist. © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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